(Press Release From The Calhoun County Lank Bank Authority)

BATTLE CREEK—On Thursday, January 21, Congressman Dan Kildee of Flint will tour Battle Creek with Calhoun County Treasurer Christine Schauer and the Calhoun County Land Bank, and meet with local leaders to discuss their concerns and needs in addressing vacant and challenged buildings. Rep. Kildee is traveling the state to gather feedback on his Project Rebuild legislation to create jobs, stabilize neighborhoods, and reduce vacancy. More information about Project Rebuild is available here. Project Rebuild has the potential to bring in resources necessary to build on the work the Land Bank has completed to date when it comes to eliminating blight and improving neighborhoods.

Rep. Kildee is one of the country's foremost experts on vacant and abandoned properties. In 2002, he founded Michigan’s first land bank–the Genesee County Land Bank–which is responsible for more than $100 million in redevelopment in the city of Flint. The Genesee County Land Bank later served as a model for almost 100 other land banks across the nation.

The Calhoun County Land Bank was created in 2006 and has partnered with the County Treasurer and the City of Battle Creek to demolish more than 400 blighted houses since 2008 to tackle blight, thwart criminal activity and improve neighborhoods.

WHAT:                  Media availability with Congressman Dan Kildee

WHO:                    Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05)

Christine Schauer, Calhoun County Land Bank Board Chair and County Treasurer

 WHERE:                The Kool Family Community Center

200 Michigan Avenue West. # 101

Battle Creek, MI 49017

WHEN

Thursday, January 21, 2016

12:45 p.m.